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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Class IconApr 26 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1

Picture of compassCome to a comprehensive and fun two-night class to help you navigate in the backcountry with map and compass. Part 1 is Wednesday night at 6:30. Part 2 is Thursday night at 6:30. Both sessions are upstairs at the Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. An optional field lab for class participants will be set on Saturday or Sunday.  Pay in advance by clicking here or pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one. If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own. Both sessions will run until approximately 9:00.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconApr 27 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2

Join us for this second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, April 26. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Day Hike IconMay 13 (Sat) Trinity Forest Trail Day Hike

Trinity Forest TrailYou've read about the proposed State park, the Audubon Center and the golf course, but have you BEEN to the Trinity Forest? Here's an opportunity. Three outings leaders rode bikes on the Trinity Forest Trail and AT&T Trail in April and we were impressed! This is a 3.25-mile hike to show you what we consider the best trail segments. Meet at 9:30 Saturday morning at the Joppa Preserve Trailhead parking lot to set up a car shuttle. We'll move return cars to another trailhead. To reach Joppa Preserve (a Dallas County park) from Downtown, take Interstate 45 south to Loop 12, exiting onto Loop 12 eastbound.  Almost immediately, exit right onto Texas 310 (South Central Expressway), then turn left in 0.4 mile onto River Oaks, the first street on your left. Follow River Oaks over the tracks and as far as possible, to the concrete parking area by the trailhead.  Reservations aren't needed. If the hike must be postponed due to high water, I'll post notice in this space. We should finish the hike before noon.   Leader: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Meeting IconMay 17 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Tonight the Outings Committee meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, at 6:30. Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconMay 20 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Bus Trip IconMay 26-29 (Fri-Mon) Texas Hill Country Explorapalooza

LBJ RanchJoin an exploration of the Texas Hill Country this Memorial Day weekend! Destinations include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Longhorn Caverns, Inks Lake, the LBJ Ranch, Luckenbach, Balcones Canyon National Wildlife Refuge, a great museum or winery in Fredericksburg, the Waco Mammoth National Monument and more. Sleep in a tent or cabins at Inks Lake State Park or a motel in nearby Burnet. Leave transportation to us--we’ll ride in a comfortable bus. Complete trip details, including cost and how to register are in this PDF.  Register by May 3 for a discounted price.  Bus trip leader: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980

Service Outing IconJun 17 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Meeting IconJun 21 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Tonight the Outings Committee meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, at 6:30. Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Backpack IconJul 10-14 (Mon-Fri) Lost Park Loop Colorado

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Backpack a loop route of 28 miles in five days in the Tarryall Mountains, Lost Creek Wilderness Area, Pike National Forest. The Lost Park Trailhead is 20 miles east of US Highway 285, near Fairplay and 3.5 hours from the Denver Airport. Drive or carpool to and from the trailhead on the weekends before and after the hike or make this a fly/drive. Camps will be at elevations of 9,000' to 11,000'. This remote, forested loop of trails is characterized by granite knobs, a creek that disappears and resurfaces nine times and some great creekside campsites. Due to duration and altitude, backpacking experience is recommended. Express interest by phone or email to receive details and registration forms. The outing is limited to two parties of twelve, hiking in opposite directions. There's no fee for this outing--just personal expenses for getting to and from the trailhead. Registration and approval are required.   Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconAug 12 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Learn essentials of backpacking--what it's like, what you need to bring and what you don't need. This class is for never-ever backpackers and also people who want to update backpacking gear or skills. 

Volunteers with decades of experience leading trips will present a comprehensive range of backpacking topics with candor--packs, tents, sleeping bags, food, what to wear, water treatment and lots more. They'll share tips to improve your comfort and keep gear affordable. Unlike stores that offer basic classes, we're not selling merchandise. 

This class will be especially helpful for new backpackers on the Labor Day trip to the Pecos Wilderness, the February trip to Big Bend National Park or other outings through spring 2018.  We'll schedule at least one fall outing with spaces reserved for people completing the August 12 class. 

Location: Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map)

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Cost: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. You can register and pay on-line here or you can show up and pay at the door if the class space remains available. Interested or have questions? Please contact the class coordinator.

  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Bus Trip IconAug 31-Sep 5 (Thu-Tue) Pecos Wilderness, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico

(replace this text with a short description of the image)On this Labor Day weekend, we're riding via sleeper bus to backpack in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Pecos Wilderness. From trailheads at Cowles and Jacks Creek, we'll hike in five groups of five to ten people per group through fir and aspen forests to meadows above the tree line. Each group will have four days of hiking and three nights of camping. The Pecos Wilderness is one of the very best, most memorable destinations in the southern Rockies. Our sleeper bus will depart Dallas on Thursday night, arriving at trailheads Friday morning. We'll bring you home by 6 AM Tuesday. Hiking group itinerary options and registration forms will go online in mid-May.  This will be the final bus trip of 2017.  Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Contact: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Car Camp IconOct 13-15 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma - SAVE THE DATE!

Beavers Bend State ParkMake Friday the 13th special and join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (yes, hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up, down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers additional activities, including paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples, families and friends -- a great event for all. Details and reservation information will be posted here in early August. Mark your calendar now! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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